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What steps can be taken in response to sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment is a form of gender discrimination, which has been outlawed both by federal civil rights laws and by California's Fair Employment and Housing Act. In previous posts, we've discussed what sexual harassment is. In this post, we will describe the steps people can take if they have been the victims of sexual harassment.

First, employees should find out if their company has a sexual harassment policy. This can usually be found in an employee handbook or the company's online resource. Employees can follow the company's policy for reporting sexual harassment. Report should be made in writing and the employee should document all the steps they take to bring the matter to the company's attention.

After this has been done, the employee can file a complaint with either the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing or the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. When the employee files the complaint with one agency, the complaint is automatically filed with the other agency. After the complaint has been filed, the agency may choose to accept the complaint and begin an investigation. The company will have the opportunity to respond. Depending on the circumstances, the agency may choose to proceed with legal action against the company.

If the agency chooses not to proceed against the company for the harassment, the employee may have the right to sue the company. The employee has the option to meet with a sexual harassment lawyer to learn their options and the lawyer's legal analysis of the case. After reviewing the information and advice, the employee may choose to file a lawsuit against the company.

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